As I was reading the account of the taking of Jericho in chapter seven of The Story, my first thought was, I wonder what these people were thinking. Let’s face it, quietly marching around a city once a day for six days and then on the seventh day marching around but this time making a lot of noise, does not sound like a good tactical plan for conquering a city. Of course we know that it was a good plan because it did work. The “walls came a tumblin’ down” and they took the city. And as we all learned in Sunday school the reason it worked was because it was God’s plan and His victory. But, I still wonder what all of those folks were thinking.
Among the Israelites, I would image some of their thoughts would have been, “Really? This is how we’re going to take control of the promised land? Marching and being quiet? This is the plan? You know Joshua is getting kind of old maybe he didn’t hear God correctly or maybe he is just hearing little voices that he thinks are God’s. Oh well, I’ll keep doing it because everybody else is but I sure hope somebody comes up with a plan better than this one.”
The people inside the walls of Jericho must have been watching all of this, shaking their heads and thinking, “Wow, these people are really weird. These are the ones we’ve been afraid of? Maybe there just trying to bore us to death.”
Too often in our walk with God, all that we are doing is marching along quietly, going through the motions, not sure why we are doing the things we are doing, but we keep marching along because that’s what everybody else is doing. Those that are not marching along with us look on and think, “Wow those people are really weird. What are they trying to do, bore us to death?”
If all we are doing is marching along, waiting for something to happen, then I don’t think we should be surprised when nothing does. We need to remember that God has a plan and when we follow His plan and trust in His power to win the battles of life, we can be assured of victory.
The world is filled with people who have constructed walls of their own making. People who have fortified themselves against the word of God trusting in their own understanding or relying on others to feed them what they need to know. There are also those use the word of God to put up walls that keep others out. Those walls need to come down. As disciples of Christ, we need to follow God’s lead and trust in His power, knowing that when we do the walls will “come a tumblin’ down.” It is only when those walls come down that true victory can be won.
God loves you and so do I, Dana